A Bill which seeks to allow a charge of grievous bodily harm against a foetus is opposed by many, including Member for Murray-Darling John Williams.By Jess Craig
Member for Murray-Darling John Williams will oppose a controversial Bill which aims to increase the rights of a foetus.
The Bill is seeking to allow a charge of grievous bodily harm against a foetus.
The NSW Bar Association and the Australian Medical Association have called it ‘‘unnecessary’’ and ‘‘arbitrary’’.
Organisations such as Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia, Family Planning NSW and Women’s Health NSW are also opposing the Bill.
The current law, which was reviewed in 2010, allows that if a pregnant woman is the victim of a crime in NSW which causes harm to or the destruction of her foetus, the law recognises grievous bodily harm to the woman regardless of the length of gestation or size of the foetus.
The law, in its current form, already carries a maximum prison sentence of 25 years.
Those who oppose the Bill believe if passed, restrictions could be placed on the behaviour of pregnant women, their access to abortion care, and changes to the way pregnancy is perceived and experienced.
Among the concerns are that pregnant women and their medical professionals could face criminal charges and women could experience increased risk of control and abuse from a violent partner or family member.
The Shepparton-based Ambulance Employees Union representative has slammed the latest wage offer from the Victorian Government as 'misleading and insufficient'.
After a tennis career spanning 62 years, of which the last 35 years have been as a coach, Yarrawonga's Jon Coleman is set to retire at the end of 2013.
Well more than the expected 100 people attended the official opening of Tatura Men’s Shed last Tuesday by chair of beyondblue Jeff Kennett.
A town car to help transport people from outlying areas into town for medical appointments or to go shopping could work in Echuca, according to Campaspe Shire mayor Ian Maddison.
Rochester resident Ken Hocking has chosen to use his Christmas lights display to draw attention to a support group for brain tumour patients.
Kyabram Lawn Tennis Club’s annual junior singles tournament again attracted good numbers from across the district.
But have opponents given up the fight?
Tocumwal Pre-School students are proudly flying their KITE at the Tocumwal Lions Community Hostel.
Tooborac Fire Brigade visited Tooborac Primary School last Tuesday to help the school complete its bushfire emergency management plan.
Residents urged to renew fruit fly baits to support local orchards.
Tim Hillier became the first Deniliquin Rhino to notch up a century in the Murray Valley Cricket Association with a sterling 104 against Cobram on Saturday.
Sheep producers backcrossing away from the Dohne breed to Poll Merinos with the perception of improving wool quality have been urged to consider their gross margins.
The hunt is on for a buyer for Benalla and Mansfield Toyota after the business went into receivership last fortnight.
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